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Video – So close at the Scottish Borders Hillrally!

After a weekend of ‘what if’s’ at the Scottish Borders Hillrally – it seems that one of our closest calls got caught on the official video.  Here’s a taster.

Don’t forget that you can pre-order your copy of the DVD from http://aalmediascotland.co.uk/Welcome.html

As we carried their in-car camera there will hopefully be some footage from inside Muddy Moo!

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Dakar dreams

Alfie Cox's Nissan in the bivouac

Alfie Cox's Nissan in the bivouac

The Dakar rally, which runs for 16 days from the first of January each year is perhaps the ultimate Off Road racing event and one to which most competitors aspire.  In recent years there has been a much greater participation on the event from UK individuals and teams. This increase in many ways owes itself to the likes of Drew Bowler, the Round family and their Rally Raid UK operation, Qt Services, and the likes of Keith Banyard and the Gotts, but also to the various individuals who have put everything they have in to making it to the startline.

Although the event has moved from its heartland in the African deserts to the terrain of South America it seems to me that it has lost none of its spirit or challenge.  In fact for me the hugely varying terrain is if anything more appealing, if a little less accessible.

Those of you blessed with access to Eurosport can follow the action everyday, whilst there is also a wealth of places to follow it on the internet.

In particular I have been following two friends of ours and fellow UK based competitors, Simon Pavey and Ben Gott.

Simon, who some of you may remember from Charley Boorman’s ‘Race to Dakar’ TV series, is tackling the grueling.event for an impressive 8th time.  You can follow his trials and tribulations here.
SimonPavey.com

Ben's 8x8 MAN at altitude on this year's event

Ben's 8x8 MAN at altitude on this year's event

Ben Gott is driving an enormous 8×8 MAN support truck looking after the PS Laser Nissan Navara of Alfie Cox and Jorgen Schroder.  Ben’s excellent blog which he is somehow managing to find time to update on a nearly daily basis is a fantastic insight into what goes on behind the scenes on the event to keep the competitors running.

Ben’s Blog

Ben is also bidding for a drive on the Gumball Rally, thanks to an online competition. Please watch his video and vote for him here!

You can also get full results and tracking from the Dakar official site as well as some brief video coverage.

Marathon Rally is the best aggregation of journalism and press coverage that I have found. It also covers the concurrent Africa Eco Race which is bidding to take on the Dakar in its more familiar African setting.

Fantastic Borders Hillrally video from AAL Media Scotland

A fantastic round up of our event at the Scottish Borders Hillrally from AAL Media Scotland who are a self-funded voluntary media collective, founded to promote Scotland, Scottish motorsport, extreme sports, music and the Arts.

You can read more about them and see more of their work at AAL Media Scotland

They have done us proud with some great in-car footage from MuddyMoo, action shots and interviews from the service area. For the first time you too can experience what its like to be part of the Friesian Racing herd at first hand! And all in glorious 720p HD as well!

Frustrating times for Friesian Racing at the Scottish Borders Hillrally – Press Release

Witney based off road rally team Friesian Racing were thwarted early on in the recent Scottish Borders Hillrally.

“We’d set our hopes on a top 5 finish, despite the excellent entry! The event has been sold out since August and we were up against some of the best in the UK.” Said driver Henry Webster (Long Hanborough).

Not much more than a mile from the start of the event the crew were already in trouble. Stopping to help recover a stricken fellow competitor from the first water splash, Henry reversed into a rock picking up a puncture. Stopping to change the tyres cost the crew a considerable amount of time and any hopes of a fast start had long evaporated.

Instead the crew set about clawing their way up from the back of the field. From 35th the team wound their way back to 22nd at the overnight halt, following a string of top 5 stage times notably being 4th quickest on one of the two night stages.

“We used our experience on night navigational events to good effect in the dark.  Some people don’t like the night stages, but they hold no fear for us!” Said co-driver Joel Haylock (Kenilworth).

Friesian Racing and their distinctive cow coloured Land Rover Discovery, MuddyMoo were also back into their usual position of leading production car.

Day two dawned and with the team still back in the pack, overtaking was going to be the order of the day.  Catching a car in the first stage of the day the team struck a rock hard in one of the grueling off road quarry sections.

“We got past the car but had developed a vibration, it was quite bad a 50 mph, but cleared up again at about 75!” exclaimed Henry.

At the next service point all was revealed – a gaping hole in the transfer gearbox was diagnosed.

“That was it game over!” Said a disappointed Joel, “but we set another fast time in the second stage before we spotted the problem!  We did 12 flat out stage miles with no oil in the box. We were very lucky.”

The Borders was the first event in four years that the team have done without the support of Abingdon based Allmakes 4×4. “Its been great to have Allmakes support over the last few years, and I’d like to thank them for the backing they have given us.” said Henry.  Friesian Racing is seeking new sponsorship partners to join this dynamic team and growing sport for 2011. You can find out more about the team at FriesianRacing.co.uk

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Video: Scottish Borders Hillrally preview

Guess where we are going this weekend? Dumfries and Galloway for the slight misnomer that is the Borders Hillrally!

All the info is here if you would like to come and meet us!

Scottish Borders Hillrally

Here’s a preview video for the DVD of the event! It features some footage of us from last year!

Press Release: Frustrating weekend for the Friesian fold

For some reason this press release didn’t make it onto the site at the end of last year – so for your enjoyment, if a little belated, here it is now!

Scottish Borders Hillrally 2009

Watersplash

FriesianRacing plough through the water - Photo: M&J Brinkman

The Allmakes 4×4 (Didcot) supported Friesian Racing herd had high hopes for the final Hillrally event of the year, following on from a dominant class win on the Scottish Perthshire event, the Scottish Borders offering had terrain better suited to Muddy Moo the team’s V8 Land Rover Discovery.
“We carry a bit more weight than some of our rivals and have a bit less power, but in amongst the fast gravel tracks we are usually able to hold our head up!” Says driver and team principal Henry Webster (Long Hanborough).
A twentieth overall and 2nd in class fell short, though, of the team’s usual high level of success.
It was a particularly frustrating event for Henry and co-driver Joel Haylock – early on stage 1 the car developed an annoying misfire, which got progressively worse in the following stages, until the car ground to a complete halt in stage 3.
“It was a real pity,” recounts Joel, “even with the misfire we were ninth quickest and first in class in the opening stage!”
Fortunately the crew were able to re-join the rally after the service, using the ‘Super-rally’ rules which allowed the crew to continue in the event, albeit with a penalty.
Muddy in the dark

Muddy in the dark! Photo: M&J Brinkman

After a clean run through the next loop of stages, the crew attacked Saturday’s final night stage, drawing on all their previous road rally experience to take advantage of the dark, unfortunately the misfire reappeared.
With high hopes that the electrical problems had been resolved, Sunday dawned bright, but with the Muddy Moo now running amongst the backmarkers, it was always going to be a steady progress as the team caught and passed slower competitors in the stages, a blowing exhaust manifold not helping progress.
Considering the problems that were endured by the team, they were happy with a 20th overall and 2nd in class.  “We had some really good competition in our group with the likes of Johnny Drysdale (Land Rover 110), Phil Bayliss (Land Rover Discovery) and Willie Stubbs (Land Rover 90), but sadly we weren’t able to challenge Johnny for the win this time.” Says Joel.
Muddy on the rocks

Muddy lifts a wheel in a rocky section

“The stages were fantastic, suiting me and the car down to the ground.  The organisation too was very smooth and a credit to the organisers, I can’t wait to be back next year.”  Says Henry.
“As ever Allmakes 4×4 have done us proud with the supply of some tremendous quality parts which have withstood a horrendous beating this weekend, if it wasn’t for our annoying electrical gremlins we would have been looking at a top ten finish which would have been a fantastic way to finish the year!”

2009 Scottish Borders Hillrally – Video

Another old one from the end of last year.  MuddyMoo and the guys feature at about 2’07”.  Not one of our best results, but some awesome stages a great atmosphere and one of the best entries for ages.  We finished second in class and 20th overall after suffering numerous misfires caused by a number of different things.  We did however redeem ourselves by scoring the 4th fastest time on the final stage and by memorably catching one of Drew Bowler’s Nemesis on a number of occasions!


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